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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#IWSG - Spring - #ThinkBlue4ALSA



It's the 1st Wednesday of May. Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts:  E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!


This month's Optional Question: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?



Absolutely! I’ve mentioned having the winter blahs—think it was more depression.Then, I got pneumonia. So when Spring came along, the sunshine made me feel more energetic. Daughter said I need a “happy” lamp. I plan to get one so this doesn’t happen next winter. 

I love Spring. Everything is greening up. Trees have buds. Daffodils and tulips are blooming. Yesterday, it got up to 80. Last week, it was in the 30s. If the sun was shining, the temp didn’t seem as cold. Yay for sunshine.



During the month of May, 12 science fiction and paranormal romance writers are donating 25% of their royalties for their special Blue Cover books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease..

I'm donating 25% of my royalties from my sci-fi romance, The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) to ALSA in memory of Stephen Hawking. Despite the debility of ALS, he accomplished so much in the field of physics and cosmology.


Blurb for The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel):

Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ B&N ~ Smashwords

Check out the landing page for our Blue Cover Project to see the other participating authors:   http://www.leakirk.com/supporting-als.html


Click here to find others on the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop. Or go to IWSG on Facebook to see who’s blogging today.



32 comments:

  1. Spring is my favourite time of year too, so much promise after the winter.
    Love the sound of your novel - in fact, I just bought it!

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    1. Thanks, Angela! I agree, Spring brings promise after winter, esp. the winter we've had this year.

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  2. Glad you're feeling better. And I love spring too. Agree with Angela. Your book sounds great.

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  3. I hope you're feeling better now :-) Your book sounds great.

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

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    1. Thanks, Ronel. I am feeling so much better.

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  4. A grow light for every Michigander should be required! Great cause to support, Di.

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    1. I agree about the grow light. Thanks, Nancy.

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  5. Great blurb! And that's awesome about the ASL support :)

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  6. My depression from last year really took a toll on me. I'm still getting better, but right now I am feeling inspired to do more. Maybe not writing exactly, but this is a start. :)

    How amazing that you're donating your novel to such a great cause!

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    1. You had a much worse time of depression than I did, Chrys. I'm glad you're getting better. Every little step helps.

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  7. Yay for sunshine! I love the idea of donating 25%. That's awesome! I love the blurb too. It sounds like a fabulous read.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. I agree with "yay for sunshine." It's about time!

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  8. I love sunshine, too! Way to go with the donations!

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  9. Glad you're feeling better now that spring has sprung. And what a great cause to be involved in!

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    1. Thanks, Nick. Gloomy day today with rain that we need.

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  10. My favorite season is any warm weather season because my dh plays golf three times a week April through September. That gives me three days a week of uninterrupted writing time. Yay! I’m glad you’re feeling better and back to blogging. Take care.

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    1. LOL Anything to give you writing time!

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  11. Glad you're feeling better. I have a friend who swears by the Happy Light - she suffers from SAD. I have the opposite of that, as I'm more in tune with the fall/winter seasons that the warm seasons. ALS is a great cause to support - way to go with the generous donations!

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    1. Thanks, Lee. I'm definitely getting that happy lamp for next winter.

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  12. Spring is the season of promise, of endless possibilities, of hope. It's my favorite time of year. So glad to hear you're feeling better now that spring has finally arrived, Diane. Very generous of you to donate to such a great cause!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. Love your 1st sentence. That says it all about spring.

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  13. What a beautiful to honor a remarkable man's memory and help in research to find a cure for this terrible disease. Good on you, Diane.

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Hawking was certain amazing.

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  14. Glad you're feeling better, and I agree, a happy lamp for everyone in Michigan! So nice of this group of writers to help support those with ALS. I've known of several people who succumbed to this terrible disease, so I'm sure the donation will be much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks, Lucy. Definitely getting that happy lamp. It was great seeing you on Saturday. A great retreat.

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  15. So glad the spring sunshine has brightened you up!

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  16. Wishing you sunny days. That photo of the daffodils reminds me of sunshine too. Kudos for your generosity to bring awareness to that horrible disease, ALS.
    JQ Rose

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  17. Winter gets me more every year. Love the premise of your book.

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  18. So glad you're feeling better, Diane. Happy spring!

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